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Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs
From the FEMA Library, download this emergency plan document (in English and Spanish) to help those caring for people with disabilities plan and protect themselves, family, friends, personal care assistant and others in the support network in the event of an emergency. Post the plan where everyone will see it, keep a copy with you and make sure everyone involved in your plan has a copy.

Personal Emergency Preparedness Checklist by The Department of Veteran Affairs (PDF) This 2-page brochure is part of the VA Terrorism Readiness Plan, and provides preparedness tips for those with special needs.

April, 1998 Biringham, Alabama --Victim of an F-5 tornado in Rock Creek subdivision searches for belongings. Photo by Liz RollPreparedness planning for people with special needs
Babies, young children, the physically challenged and the elderly need special consideration when developing your disaster preparedness plan.

Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities
This Emergency Planning Guide for Persons with Disabilities is provided by the National Fire Protection Association at It offers several types of evacuation plans based on the type of disability.

Federal Relay Services
The Federal Relay site provides an internet and telecommunications based service for individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, and/or have speech disabilities, including federal employees, for communications with and within the Federal Government.